Updated for 2021
There are so many reasons to be in Los Angeles in the summer and one of them is the amount of fun events for families. We’ve compiled a list of the best Outdoor Summer Concerts for Families in and around Los Angeles. Most of them are free and all of them are a really fun way to be together as a family and hear great music by DJs and local and national musicians.
Sit outdoors, enjoy our amazing weather, maybe even bring a picnic! And listen to beautiful music with your family and friends. Whether you’re a fan of Classical Music or Contemporary, you’ll find plenty of options all over SoCal.
Summer Concerts All Over SoCal
2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90078
Seeing a concert at the Hollywood Bowl is an experience like no other, and for many families, is an absolute “must-do” during the summer. And thankfully, this summer, the Hollywood Bowl will be welcoming families. Tickets go on sale on June 1st. Be sure to check the website for the latest information regarding health and safety protocols. Make sure and check out our Guide to the Hollywood Bowl!
2021 Summer Season
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood, CA 90068
The Ford Theatre is planning to open in late July for 15 weeks of concerts and special events. The first six concerts of the summer season will be made available free to the public. Currently, tickets will be offered for a reduced theatre capacity; however, as conditions allow, the Theatre may be able to expand audience capacity. Details will be available on May 25th.
Related: See Outdoor Summer Movies
Parks After Dark
33 LA County Parks Locations Around SoCal
LA County is bringing back their popular FREE outdoor Summer Concert series at 33 parks within their system. The Parks After Dark program includes free movies on Friday nights, and the concerts take place on Saturday nights. The bands vary from week to week, with multiple genres and styles represented.
Concerts at Warner Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA
Concerts at Warner Park is a free series of fun, family-friendly outdoor musical performances held on Sunday evenings from June 27th through September 5th. Bring a picnic, blankets, low chairs, and pillows and get ready for good music and good times. These free concerts begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
The Pasadena POPS will be performing at the L.A. Arboretum on five different Saturdays (July 10, July 24, August 14, August 28, September 11). Concerts are scheduled for 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets are available online.
The Promenade at Westlake
100 Promenade Way, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
The Promenade at Westlake is the site of live musical performances each Saturday (from 4 pm to 7 pm) and Sunday (from 3 pm to 6 pm). Performances are free to attend.
50 Free Concerts
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
W. 6th St. and S. Park View St., Los Angeles, CA
MacArthur Park is the site of 50 free summer concerts, generally from June 1st through September 1st. Their goal is to “make live music accessible to all, creating stronger and more connected communities while celebrating the diversity of our city and beyond.” Enjoy a wide-range of musical genres at these fun concerts. Check the website for the most up-to-date information. The opening date of the concert is dependent on L.A. County Health guidelines.
Summer Concerts in the Park
Conejo Community Park
1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks, CA
The Conejo Recreation and Park District hosts its 2021 series of Summer Concerts in the Park. “Talent on the stage includes top-notch tribute bands, and Independence Day Concert featuring a New Orleans style Dixieland band, and an original folk band from Los Angeles.” Concerts begin on Memorial Day, Monday May 31st and will also be held on July 4th, July 25th, August 15th, and September 6th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Attendance will be limited, and advance ticket purchase is required and available online.
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Grove invites families to enjoy live musical performances each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the rest of the year. Performances are scheduled for 4 pm to 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from 3 pm to 6 pm on Sundays.
Sunset Concerts at the Skirball
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Together with friends and family, celebrate the resilience of Los Angeles and experience the joy of live music again! This beloved, FREE summertime live music series, from August 5-26th, features a lineup of veteran and rising talents of the LA music scene. Enjoy son jarocho, indie rock, ska, and Afrobeat sounds under the stars. Ticket reservations now open. Advance reservations required; Discounted parking with advance purchase.
The Greek Theatre
2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Enjoy a concert under the stars at the famous Greek Theatre located in Griffith Park. A variety of acts featuring different musical genres perform at the Greek throughout the summer. While a full summer season of performances isn’t planned, The Greek is currently anticipating some concerts in August. Check the website for a list of upcoming shows and for ticket information.
137 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
The Beachlife Festival is scheduled for September 10th, 11th, and 12th. The mission behind the festival is to “inspire community, authenticity, and generosity through the celebration of music, art, and our Southern California beachlife culture.” The Festival will include 4 stages and more than 50 bands. Tickets and details are available online.
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
Enjoy live outdoor musical performances each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Americana at Brand. Performances are scheduled from 6 pm to 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from 3 pm to 6 pm on Sundays.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon, Topanga, CA
Will Geer founded the Theatricum Botanicum in 1973. Since then, families have been enjoying plays and education programs in this special outdoor setting. The 299-seat amphitheater offers a variety of special programs featuring musical and theatrical performances. This summer enjoy three different plays, beginning in July. Tickets go on sale June 1st. Check the website for details.
Pleasent Valley Recreation and Parks Summer Concert Series
Constitution Park, 601 Carmen Drive, Camarillo 93010
This time-honored event is free and held at Constitution Park in Camarillo. Attendees are welcome to bring low folding chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner to enjoy during the concerts. Seating is on the lawn, on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents will be allowed to save their spot in advance by placing their chairs on the grass, no earlier than 8am the day of the concert. Masks required for unvaccinated attendees.
- Saturday, July 24, 5-7pm, Gold Rush Country
- Saturday, August 7, 5-7pm, Twisted Gypsy
- Saturday, August 21, 5-7pm, Smith The Band
- Saturday, September 4, 5-7pm, Raymond Michael
Concerts in the Park
27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA
The City of Santa Clarita presents Concerts in the Park, a series of free concerts happening on eight consecutive Saturdays at 7:00 pm. Concerts begin Saturday, July 3rd and run through Saturday, August 21st. “Bring your beach chairs and let the music take you away!” Check the website for a schedule of performers.
Summer Sounds on the Plaza
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Each Thursday and Friday night, from June 3rd through June 25th, the Farmers Market is hosting Summer Sounds on the Plaza. Enjoy live musical performances, featuring a variety of musical genres, while you “shop, dine and relax at The Original Farmers Market.” These free performances begin at 5:00 pm and conclude at 7:00 pm.
Concerts in the Park
1425 Summitridge Dr., Diamond Bar, CA
The City of Diamond Bar invites families to its Concerts in the Park series happening on Wednesday evenings from July 7th through August 4th. These free concerts begin at 6:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm and feature a variety of musical genres. Seating is outdoors, on the grass, so be sure to bring blankets and low chairs. No concessions will be available so don’t forget to pack the snacks.
Thousand Oaks Arts Pop-Up Arts & Music Festival
Happening at Various Locations around Conejo Valley
From June 11th-June 27th, The Pop-Up Arts and Music Festival will be performed at various parks around the Conejo Valley and will include a mix of live music, movies and performances for the whole family to enjoy! Pop Up Arts and Music Festival Series Lineup:
- Fri, June 11th – New West Symphony: Light Classics and Pops in the Park, Triunfo Park
- Sat, June 12th – Summer Nights with 5- Star Theatricals, Northwood Park
- Sun, June 13th – Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra, Oakbrook Park
- Fri, June 18th – Rio Movie, Spring Meadow Park
- Sat, June 19th – Garba360, Kimber Park
- Fri, June 25th – Las Cafeteras, Thousand Oaks Community Park
- Sat, June 26th – The Tom Corbett Trio & Jonathan McEuen and Band, StageCoach Museum Lawn
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